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Introduction to Emergency Management

- An outstanding text for students and a good source of information for anyone wanting to improve their fundamental knowledge of the subject.

Muslim American Organizations Denounce NYPD Report

- The release of a report detailing the path to radicalization and the threat of homegrown jihadists by the NYPD has led Muslim American organizations to denounce the report.

Homegrown Terrorism Risk Real Says NYPD

- The New York Police Department's Intelligence Division has released a report on the homegrown terrorism threat facing the city and the United States. The report says that while the threat from al Qaeda's core still persists, a new threat has emerged from radicalized local residents or citizens or both.

Port of Houston Security District Could Be National Model

- The Houston Chronicle reports that the Port of Houston is close to creating its own free market security district that could be a model for the rest of the country.

Terrorism and the Iraq Effect

- The Iraq War has not drawn out a fixed number of jihadists but has instead grown their ranks globally according to a new report.

Aviation Security

- Read a critical intra-agency review of the Department of Homeland Security handling of suspicious passengers on board a flight in 2004, which has been called a terrorist 'dry run' by the media.

Explosives

- A bill (H.R. 1680) that would regulate the sale and purchase of ammonium nitrate has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. Ammonium nitrate is a critical ingredient used in making explosives.

Explosives

- A bill (H.R. 1680) that would regulate the sale and purchase of ammonium nitrate has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. Ammonium nitrate is a critical ingredient used in making explosives.

Homeland Security

- A bill (S. 4) designed to implement the final recommendations of the 9-11 Commission has been approved by the Senate and has been received by the House of Representatives. [A companion bill (H.R. 1) has been approved by the House and is now pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.]

DHS Funds Local Surveillance Systems

- Yesterday's Boston Globe reported the Department of Homeland Security has been funding video surveillance systems across the country at the price of $23 billion in grants since 2003. These hi-tech video camera networks are not just being installed in big cities that carry significant terrorism risks but in mid-size cities and across small-town America as well.

Fusion Centers Raise Privacy Concerns

- While state fusion centers are generally lauded as a reasonable effort to improve information sharing among intelligence agencies and law enforcement, they are raising fears among civil libertarians because of the amount and type of information collected and shared. For the paper by the privacy advocacy group EPIC, click here.

Terrorism

- Soon after convening in January, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1, a bill that would implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that were not enacted in the prior Congress. While the 9/11 Commission had much support, concerns about the costs and practical challenges of implementing all of its recommendations remain. For that reason, this bill is not expected to sail as expeditiously to passage in the Senate.

Communications

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will require those municipalities that have grants from the department to have interoperable communications systems implemented by the end of 2007.
 




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